Campus Access

CAU Department of Public Safety
Lawshe at Student Movement Boulevard
Emergency: (404) 880-8911
Non-Emergency: (404) 880-8623

Facilities and Security

Clark Atlanta University is a private institution with an open campus. All buildings are equipped with emergency lighting, exterior security lighting, ground floor security screens, fire and smoke alarms, and panic-bar type doors. All residence halls have self-closing mechanism doors that should prevent unauthorized persons from entering the buildings. The security measures are evaluated and maintained annually.

Residential Directors (RDs) are responsible for maintaining the standard of residential life within their respective halls. Dorm rules are regulated by the RD who also resides in the residence halls, which provides an opportunity for them to plan, coordinate, and implement safety measures working in conjunction with the Clark Atlanta Police Department in the following manner:
  1. Reporting strangers in their area
  2. Controlling and monitoring access to the buildings
  3. Advising safe off-campus practices
  4. Coordinating walk-through inspections
Each on-campus student residing in residential halls are expected to share in the responsibility for the security of their building.


Residence hall visitation is a privilege, not a right, and therefore may by suspended by the Office of Student Affairs. Residential hall visitation hours vary throughout the week. The normal periods for visitation in the residence halls are:
Monday through Sunday: 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Residence hall visitation hours are determined by the Office of Student Affairs. These hours are subject to change. Please refer to the Student Handbook.

Building Access

All administrative and academic buildings are open during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to those who require access. All non-resident buildings are locked down and/or opened by Public Safety personnel based upon the schedule of activity, with the exception of Harkness Hall, Science Research Center and Park Street Church. Harkness Hall, Science Research Center and Park Street Church access is controlled by an access card system.

Most residence hall access is controlled by an access control card system (Panther Paw card). The Panther Paw office is responsible for data entry and card issuance procedures for this system. Residence hall rooms are accessed using a key system, which is controlled by the Office of Student Affairs and Residential Life. Residents are advised to keep their rooms locked at all times. For reasons of security, it is necessary for residents to carry their Panther Paw card and room key at all times. In the event residents are locked out of their rooms, it may be necessary for them to wait for a roommate, contact their Resident Director or contact Facilities to gain entry into their room.

Missing, lost, or stolen access cards and/or keys should be reported to the Department of Public Safety immediately. Door locks may be changed and new keys issued for a fee determined by Facilities. Keys are not to be loaned or duplicated.

Traffic Flow and Parking

Vehicles entering and exiting the main campus are monitored. Currently, vehicular access routes along public streets are not under strict control procedures. However, proactive patrolling is used to monitor vehicular access. All vehicles parked on University property must have either an:
  1. Authorized parking permit, or
  2. Vendor pass

Vehicles not displaying one of the above documents should be parked in the University parking deck. Campus parking regulations are strictly enforced. Enforcement includes warnings, traffic citations, booting and towing. A campus map is attached